Cassio is deeply ashamed and concerned about his reputation. For, if she be not honest, chaste, and true, There's no man happy; the purest of their wives Is foul as slander. Othello manages to avoid stereotyping more effectively than other Shakespearean characters, like Shylock, who represents the anti-Semitic views of his time. Iago talks Cassio into drinking more. This is some real gumption from Emilia! Though Roderigo speaks to Brabantio, Iago is there too, hidden, yelling unsavory things about Othello and his intentions toward Desdemona.
. As he goes on he insults her by calling her a whore and a prostitute and then throws money at her. This is foreshadows her death. He said to the woman, Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden? Desdemona hopes Lodovico can reconcile Othello and Cassio. If any wretch have put this in your head, 16. He now seems lost in his own emotional turmoil, and expresses the depth of his pain in a speech which is essentially a soliloquy. That turn'd your wit the seamy side without, And made you to suspect me with the Moor.
Under Iago's influence, honesty becomes a difficult liability, and speeds the downfall of many good characters. Ominously, he asks her if she said her prayers that night, adding 'I would not kill thy unprepared spirit. This disturbing comparison also suggests that Desdemona is less than human, and that her lack of honesty is simply a fact of her nature, as the randomness of flies is a fact of their nature. This section contains 443 words approx. She goes on to say that,. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. Importance Importance Iago Othello This theme is present in this scene when we see Emilia defending Desdemona for what Othello is blaming her for — being a whore.
He also uses the motif of appearance vs reality in his favor. That she could have opinions and ideas independent of his own, especially about Cassio and his rightful place, also upset him. Summary Desdemona sends for Cassio to tell him that she has spoken with Othello; she is also worried that she has lost her handkerchief. Emilia insists she has always been present during their interactions and has never seen anything questionable between them. He can't make a direct accusation because if she is innocent she will deny everything, and if she is guilty she will deny everything. Othello accuses Desdemona of being unfaithful but does not believe her when she denies these accusations.
She was brought up so gently that she can't make sense of his abuse. Scene iii: Othello tells Desdemona to dismiss Emilia, and go to bed to wait for him. Roderigo realizes that Iago has been lying to him because Desdemona has not noticed him. Even that, Othello says, he could bear,. Scene i: After crossing the sea, Desdemona, Emelia, Cassio, and Iago arrive at Cyprus. The quick flash of emotion in this exchange provides a variation and therefore a relief from the steadily mounting tension of Othello's thoughts and action.
She says Othello called Desdemona a whore and all sorts of other cruel names—things worse than a drunk beggar would have said to a prostitute. There is no way to get at the truth, and so it is emotionally safer for Othello to demonize her. Othello is so tortured in his mind that he falls into a trance or epileptic fit. To kill Cassio Points How did Emilia react when she heard about Othello and Desdemona's argument? Let's take a look and see who is left standing! Instead of asking Roderigo to listen to his explanations, he acts as if he's so bored he's barely listening, saying,. Good friend, go to him; for, by this light of heaven, I know not how I lost him. Roderigo then makes a threat that could make all of Iago's schemes blow up in his face. Iago enjoys being about to manipulate people.
She tries to think of a way to assure him that her heart is entirely with him. Othello comes out of hiding and promises to kill Cassio. This tactic works to perfection. Commentary on Act 4 Scene 2 She says enough; yet. Iago's knowledge of this allows him to do away with this balance and set chaos into motion, which leads to tragedy. Iago encourages this, suggesting that strangling her is the best method.
Othello, however, continues to question her, asking if she's seen Cassio and Desdemona whisper, or if Desdemona ever sent Emilia away when Cassio was there. He asks, , and Desdemona immediately begins to pour out her heart. Who is sufficient for these things? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? He asks, , and Emilia answers that not only has she seen nothing, she has never suspected anything. If Roderigo were to get rid of Cassio, then Othello couldn't leave Cyprus. In this scene, Othello interrogates Emilia about Desdemona's interactions with Cassio but thinks Emilia is lying to protect Desdemona when she says that she has never seen anything suspicious between them.